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Salute you, Safa!

badryaI salute you, Safa Al-Hashem! Safa, you are the only MP who spoke out and inquired and questioned the Ministry of Interior about what is happening in Kuwait regarding the deportations and detentions of expats. So far I have been waiting for one Member of Parliament to comment and utter a word and ask a small question.

Everyone was silent on the topic as if nothing is happening in Kuwait. As if there are no police checkpoints in every corner pulling over cars and passersby at random. Bless her, Safa questioned the minister. She asked what was on my mind to ask him. She asked about the exact number of deported illegal citizens and about their nationalities. However, the most important question she raised is if there will be any punishment for the kafeels who brought these people into the country. Also, she wanted to know if these are individuals or companies.

I would like to add more - that we are receiving many calls and messages through friends that the detention centre is overcrowded and they are looking at even opening a new one. We have been flooded by readers’ emails that their friends or relatives are detained in crowded detention places. I have a question: Does the police have the right to check the mobile phone of a person they have detained? I am asking this question because it came to my knowledge that if they detain somebody, they take his mobile phone and check it.

There are excuses like why you have Viber and Skype apps? They tell the arrestee that this is illegal. By law, when somebody is suspected and locked up, his personal belongings are kept. Or is it here the story that if someone is Asian, they get curious about his personal communication. You are there to do a job, so do it ethically and professionally. Do not start downgrading people. There is a difference between humiliation and flexing your muscles at poor laborers. They do not live in luxury villas.

Many of them I am sure hardly got paid for the last few months. Many of them have been harassed by their sponsor who takes their passport on arrival and gives them a salary at his whim, if at all. They work for weeks on end without a day off and live in poor conditions. I am not in support of illegal residency or any illegal matters. But there are decent ways to apply the law which suits our beautiful and great constitution. Above all, it suits our beautiful Islamic shariah laws and the manners of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Have a nice weekend and a nice

Israa wal Me’raj!

By Badrya Darwish
badrya_d@kuwaittimes.net

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This article was published on 06/06/2013